White House Criticism Isn’t Slowing CISPA Bandwagon: Support from the White House hasn’t helped opponents of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). This week Internet and civil-liberty advocates launched a determined effort to stop CISPA. That effort received a boost from the White House, which said the bill sacrifices privacy without improving protections for the nation’s cyber infrastructure. Despite these actions, the bill, which is scheduled to be voted on by the House next week, has gained six more co-sponsors, bringing the total to 112.
Malware Rides Instagram Wave to Infect Android Devices: It's not surprising that hackers are attempting to take advantage of the buzz around Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram. A faux-Instagram program is currently being used to distribute malware that can send background SMS texts from Android devices, according to reports from Sophos and Trend Micro. The malware reportedly comes from a page that mimics Instagram’s homepage in Russian.
U.K. Bill Would Pre-Censor Pornography on the Internet: It’s not just us. Britain’s House of Lords is currently considering The Online Safety Bill (TOSB? Don’t they know the power of pronounceable acronyms?). The bill would require ISPs and mobile phone companies to provide a pornography-free internet connection by default. Adults would prove they are adults and opt in. The bill, put forth by Baroness Howe of Idlicote, says the ISPs should block pornographic images--nasty text or audio is presumably okay. The British actually have a legal definition of smut, and it is in section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. The act says you can’t possess “extreme” images which are "grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character.” Don't pictures of war, murder, poverty and/or the Chicago Cubs fall into those categories?